Michael Driedger

Associate Professor

Office: GLA 221
905 688 5550 x3972
mdriedger@brocku.ca

Michael Driedger is an associate professor of history at Brock University in Canada’s Niagara Region. His ongoing research is about the relationship between the “Radical Reformation” and the “Radical Enlightenment”, particularly the activities of Mennonite and Remonstrant publishers, philosophers, and political activists in the Dutch Republic. He is a co-investigator with Gary Waite on the project “Amsterdamnified! Religious Dissenters, Spiritualist Ideas and Urban Associationalism in the Emergence of the Early Enlightenment in England and the Low Countries, 1540-1700.” His main monograph (2002) is about Mennonite “confessionalization.” He has also co-authored a book about the Reformation in Münster, and co-edited a volume of essays on Anabaptist history. His broader research interests concern the comparative study of religious minorities and new religious movements around the world from the 15th through the 18th centuries, and the relationship between early modern politics and religion.

Together with Gary Waite at the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton he is a co-investigator of the SSHRC-funded research project “Amsterdamnified! Religious Dissenters, Spiritualist Ideas and Urban Associationalism in the Emergence of the Early Enlightenment in England and the Low Countries, 1540-1700.

His upcoming course offerings include:
• HIST 2F90, Money and Power in the Atlantic World, 1400-1850 (online);
• HIST 2P91, Europe’s Reformations, 1450-1650;
• HIST 3P33, Imagining the Past: Introduction to Historiography;
• And a graduate course on visualizing historical evidence.

He incorporates elements of historical thinking pedagogy and digital tools into all of his courses.

I am a specialist in the history of Dutch and German Anabaptism. My current project is about the relationship between the Radical Reformation and the Radical Enlightenment in the Netherlands. In particular, I am investigating the activities of dissenting Protestant printers, philosophers, and political activists, with a focus on the 18th century.

My broader research interests concern the comparative study of religious minorities and new religious movements around the world from the 15ththrough the 18th centuries, and the relationship between early modern politics and religion. As a consequence of my collaborative research on Anabaptist Münster, I have begun to look at the cultural and religious dimensions of early modern siege warfare.

Books

Co-authored with Willem de Bakker and James Stayer. Bernhard Rothmann and the Reformation in Münster, 1530-35. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2009.

Co-edited with Anselm Schubert and Astrid von Schlachta. Grenzen des Täufertums / Boundaries of Anabaptism. Neue Forschungen. Schriften des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte, volume 209. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2009.

Obedient Heretics: Mennonite Identities in Lutheran Hamburg and Altona during the Confessional Age. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.

Journal articles

“Thinking inside the Cages: Norman Cohn, Anabaptist Münster, and Polemically Inspired Assumptions about Apocalyptic Violence,” Nova Religio (forthcoming 2018).

Chapters in books

“Against ‘the Radical Reformation’: On the Continuity between Early Modern Heresy-Making and Modern Historiography.” In Radicalism and Dissent in the World of Protestant Reform, edited by Bridget Heal and Anorthe Kremers. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017, pp. 139-161.

“Mennonites, Gender and the Rise of Civil Society in the Dutch Enlightenment.” In Sisters: Myth and Reality of Anabaptist, Mennonite, and Doopsgezind Women, ca. 1525-1900, edited by Mirjam van Veen, Piet Visser, Gary K. Waite, Els Kloek, Marion Kobelt-Groch, and Anna Voolstra. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 229-249.

“The Intensification of Religious Commitment: Jews, Anabaptists, Radical Reform, and Confessionalization.” In Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany, edited by D.P. Bell and S.G. Burnett. Leiden: Brill, 2006.

Webpages

http://dutchdissenters.net (research blog)
http://amsterdamnified.dutchdissenters.net (research project page)
http://brocku.academia.edu/MichaelDriedger (includes copies of some of my work)